Buzz up those ride patterns whilst enhancing technique
We are going to get busy with the fingers this month with some frantic ride patterns. You could say that the ride patterns employed in the following contemporary beats are jazz influenced as they certainly borrow technique from this genre to generate three 16th notes played in succession using a controlled bounce/
Example 1 features a rock groove with some punchy syncopated kick drums and you’ll notice that the first two bars will see us playing eighth notes on the ride. The same groove is then repeated in bars 3 and 4 but with the energised ride pattern, which is in the form of three Cobhams played over the groove. Example 2 borrows the same ride pattern from Example 1 but places it over a half-time groove. Once again the first two bars are played with the simpler ride pattern with bars 3 and 4 having five Cobhams played on the ride over the groove.
Wrapping things up, Example 3 shows another way of spicing up the eighth-note ride patterns. The big-beat style groove played in the first two bars has its feel altered in bars 3 and 4 with a dotted ride pattern – which just happens to be a shuffle played in 16ths.